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Old 12-29-2008, 12:13 AM   #29
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Results are correlated with interferometry, gravitational lensing and all other methods of attaining observational data. All skeptics are routinely invited to test any published results, which are inherently open to public debate of a strictly scientific nature.

Scientific publications can indeed tend to be slightly sensationalistic, in that they will often take data researchers have known about for decades and make a big hoohah about it, calling it a new finding because some university student used it in a curriculum thesis, or just to sell some issues, or just because the journalist was bored.

Science journals are however an excellent way for researchers to ensure credit for a particular finding or a confirmation on an old piece of data.
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